Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Hilton Head, South Carolina

For our last dinner on Hilton Head, Nancy and I went to the Black Marlin Bayside Grill on Broad Creek. Black Marlin, like Skull Creek Dockside, is another SERG Group restaurant. All of the SERG restaurants are utterly dependable and pretty affordable, and in that sense they remind me of the Clyde’s Group restaurants here in the DC area. Black Marlin has a nice view … Continue reading Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Godfather “On Barbecue”

You should order this book, whether you like barbecue or not. About much more than barbecue, it’s about culture and change and homogenization and human idiosyncrasies. And it’s a truly wonderful read, with an oh so rare mixture of scholarship and wit. The Godfather, of course, is John Shelton Reed, distinguished scholar and Scott Griffin’s favorite professor at Chapel Hill; co-author of the seminal work … Continue reading The Godfather “On Barbecue”

Dave’s BBQ, Virginia Beach, Virginia

I toured around Norfolk a bit after a big lunch at Redwood Smoke Shack before wandering over to Dave’s BBQ in Virginia Beach. You have to pay close attention to find Dave’s. Ignore traffic and focus on the roadside. Ah, there it is! That’s all the warning you get, and even after you turn in, you have to keep looking. Dave’s is in the back … Continue reading Dave’s BBQ, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

Oh, we have a good place here! After a breakfast of leftover country ham and biscuits from the Loveless Cafe, an early lunch at Edley’s, and a couple of great hours listening to music at the Listening Room, we were still unable even to get near lower Broadway due to the tsunami of bachelorette parties and party buses that had flooded the area. We again … Continue reading Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

The Listening Room, Nashville, Tennessee

After our early lunch with Speedy of the Barbecue Bros at Edley’s, Nancy and I made another run at Lower Broadway to listen to some music in the honky tonks. By then it was around 1:00 pm and getting near Lower Broadway was just about impossible. The area was packed to the gills with bachelorettes and party buses, and we couldn’t get anywhere near Broadway. … Continue reading The Listening Room, Nashville, Tennessee

The Barbecue Exchange, Gordonsville, Virginia

My last stop on this barbecue-eating trip took me to Gordonsville, Virginia, just a couple of hours from Washington. Rather than keep you in suspense, I’ll tell you up front that I was very pleased with the Barbecue Exchange. It’s well worth a visit. Before I get into that, Gordonsville is a lovely little town. The main street is only a few blocks long, but … Continue reading The Barbecue Exchange, Gordonsville, Virginia

Beale’s Brewery, Bedford, Virginia

After my lunch at Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, I headed south for a second lunch or early dinner at Beale’s Brewery in Bedford, Virginia. I’d been to Bedford once before with Nancy to see the National D-Day Memorial there. Bedford lost more local citizens per capita on D-Day than any other town or city in the United States. It’s an evocative memorial. Water spurts up … Continue reading Beale’s Brewery, Bedford, Virginia

Ayden Collard Festival Set for September 10 and 11

The people, united, can never be defeated! By popular demand, the Ayden Collard Festival will be held after all. Here are the particulars from their Facebook post: Rides and vendors will open on Friday night at 5pm and we will close the night with Fantasy band on stage. Saturday will begin at 10am with the Collard Festival Parade, followed by rides, entertainment, and vendors all … Continue reading Ayden Collard Festival Set for September 10 and 11

The Avenue, Washington, DC

The Avenue is a neighborhood place up Connecticut Avenue from us, on the same short commercial strip as Blue 44. In normal times, it’s on three levels. There’s the main floor, with a bar and tables, and upper and lower levels for overflow and various events, from alumni gatherings and preschool parent groups to charity fundraisers to sessions for young teenagers on sexual harassment issues. … Continue reading The Avenue, Washington, DC